Category Archives: South America
Located about 70 miles west of Santiago, lies the beautiful city of Valparaiso. Famous for its unique architecture, Valparaiso is nicknamed “The Jewel of the Pacific”.
Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, encompassing a rich architectural and cultural legacy. It’s no wonder that the whole city is a UNESCO World heritage Site.
However for me the incredible aspect of Valparaíso was the street art and graffiti that covers the city. Valparaíso is considered the graffiti capital of Chile. Amazing murals created by talented artists can be viewed on the streets, alleyways and stairways all over Valparaíso.
I have attached photos of my favourite street art of the city.
Ok…so this highlight of South America is a bit weird but I would be doing Injustice to my trip if I didn’t mention this particular highlight.
For those of you who know me well enough, during this trip I have managed to gain a very slight addiction to coke and cakes.
Cake has always been a thing I savour however on this trip it has got to the point that I have a bottle of coke and a slice of cake a day :p oops 😉
Some people have their alcohol, I have my cake and coke. For me the best cake I had was in Sucre, where I had the Chocolate and Orange combo. It cost me an arm and a leg however it was worth every penny. Especially when you could feel the warm chocolate running down your throat.
For me a visit to the Incan city of Machu Picchu was a long anticipated trip, that was easily one of my highlights of the trip. Nestled in a spectacular scene, surrounded by mountains, hills and a windy river, Machu Picchu has an air of mysticism and grandeur which makes the atmosphere palatable for all visitors.
One of the wonders of the modern world, Machu Picchu was built-in 1450 and is often referred to as the “Lost city of the Incans” however the site was abandoned after the Spanish conquest, and it remained unfounded by the Spanish even though they tried and tried searching for the site. It was eventually found in 1911 by an american archaeologist.
I have attached an album of eight pictures which show my trip to Machu Picchu.
The world’s largest salt flat sits at a lofty 3653m and blankets an amazing 12,000 sq km of Bolivian outback. And yet this savage, white beautiful salt desert is one of South Americas beautiful sights. Filled with strange islands nestled in a sea of white, the salar is host to one of Bolivia’s most unforgettable landscapes.
I did my tour from Tupiza and it took 3 nights and 4 days, however every single of those days were amazing, visiting huge lagunes, chilling with flamingos and bathing in hot springs. The trek through the Salar was an unforgettable experience.
Below I have attached a slide show of my pics taken on the salar.
Nestled in the north of Chile, lies the driest desert in the world. One of the hottest places in South America. One of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
Yes, I’m talking about San Pedo De Atacama. This list of 15 Highlights would be incomplete without mentioning this amazing town.
This town is famous for a number of activities and places that people can visit, whether it is trying to Sand Board down sand dunes or whether its admiring the landscape that resembles the moon at the Lunar Valley, this small town full of tourists was thoroughly enjoyable.
While based in this town I managed to do a number of activities, including Sand boarding, treks in the Lunar valley, floating in salt lakes and finally jumping into lakes from a height of 15 metres. It has got to be one of the coolest places on earth and a place I would recommend to anyone visiting South America.